Review date: September 2020
Founded in 2009
Owned by a Scottish couple living in London
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Listings in selected countries:
- Europe: 326
- North America: 341
- Australasia: 193
The website was redesigned in 2015 and although membership is small and relatively stagnant over the last two years. You can read more about the network in my interview with the founder.
Searching: Searches start with a drop down menu of countries. Results can be narrowed down by region within some countries. There are no other search filters.
Listings: Search results display a clean list of the properties returned with easy to read summary information. The main thing missing in the overview is number of people in the swap party, though with 50+ perhaps it is safe to assume it is almost always 1 or 2 people. Individual listings are similarly easy to read, and include a map.
This site offers the following variations on house swapping:
- simultaneous or non-simultaneous house swap – this is the traditional model where two parties swap houses for an agreed upon set of dates. Non-simultaneous works best with second homes, but is also useful for people going on vacation and leaving their home empty. In this case each party picks different dates for the swap.
- hospitality exchange – people with extra space in their house host visitors in exchange for being hosted themselves at some other date.
Site design: Clean simple design, and quite usable except for the limitations on the search function.
Additional features: They offer a suggested letter of agreement for house swapping.
If you’re trying to figure out which Home Exchange network to join, check out my reviews of all the major house swap networks.